EMRI first saw the light of day on April 1st 1972 and was established by MSc.EE Jens Christian Nørtoft Thomsen. JCNT had previously been working at now defunct Decca Arkas, but wanted to start his own business and decided to use his connections and make autopilots and rudder indicators as a subcontractor exclusively for Decca Arkas.
However, this relationship ended 1981, when Decca Arkas denied selling their electronic remote-controlled course repeater to EMRI, forcing them to develop their own.
From that point on, EMRI became a company which was free to supply the entire maritime industry.
Yet, EMRI was not a market threat to anyone in the 80’s. The rest of the decade they sold around 20 custom-made autopilots. Things turned in 1989 when the North Sea Shipyard decided to use EMRI’s analogue autopilots as standard.
EMRI was the first company in the world to use analogue steering/rudder control systems, which improved steering perfomances significantly.